Monday, 16 January 2017

More of the same

It's winter, it's grey and wet.  It's a bit more difficult to feel enthusiastic about wandering around the city with my camera.  

Friday, 13 January 2017

Chilly Morning

We've been warned that an artic blast is on its way.  So far just a weeny sleet shower.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Paddington Basin

More buildings have popped up since the last time I wandered through the Paddington Basin with my camera.  At ground level there are cafes and bars that look very inviting.  There are a lot more canal boats than I've seen moored here before, although that may just be  coincidental as they may be en route  to elsewhere.  What really caught my eye however was the large glowing moon, which is still a couple of days away from being a full moon.  

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Restored Lighthouse

The famous lighthouse on the wedge building at Kings Cross has now been restored and the building that sat disused for many years has been renovated.  Although know one is certain, it is believed that the building housed oyster bars, the fast food of the time.  Maybe it is appropriate that there is now plenty of fast food of our current time in this corner.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Blessing the Thames

A wee moment of anxiety as the clergy from the church of St Magnus the Martyr, which sits on the north side of the river, wait for the clergy from Southwark Cathedral, from the south side of the river, to appear.
The event is the annual blessing of the Thames.  The clergy from each church meet in the middle of the bridge marked by different colour pavers. The bells of each church toll, as a short service takes place blessing everyone who uses the river, for work or recreation.  Those who cross the bridge each day are also blessed, as are those whose lives the Thames has claimed.

A wooden cross is then tossed into the waters, which looked for a moment if it was going to be swallowed up by a passing Thames clipper, but to the delight of the crowd watching, it continued bobbing along the surface of the water heading out to sea.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Urban Mountaineering

The great white elephant also known as the O2 that was built for the millennium, goodness wasn't that a lifetime ago, is mostly used for large concerts and event.  However there is another activity which is way more fun, and that is mountaineering over the outside roof.  When you get to the top there is an amazing view.  I did it a few years back.  Such a long time ago now,  I must do it again.  Fancy joining me?

Friday, 6 January 2017

A Chilly Evening

Brrrr, do you feel that cold breeze.  Maybe I'm imagining it but it seems to feel much colder at high tide.
The Thames is a tidal river, that rises and falls around 7 metres.  The incoming tide comes in at nearly twice the speed of the outgoing tide which takes between 6 and 9 hours.  A bit of trivia that has nothing to do with me feeling cold, but it might help you win a pub quiz contest.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Frosty Morning

A chilly breeze and an icy handrail to accompany an early morning walk along the Southbank.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Gingerbread Houses

A couple of very elaborate gingerbread houses sitting in a field.  I do hope a field mouse moves in soon.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Disappearing Skyline

Happy New Year everyone.

London has had days of fog sometimes not lifting all day.  The towers of the city barely visible.  Some mornings the fog has nestled so low it appears to sit on the bridges.  It is lovely for a riverside walk, however not so much fun for the many travellers whose flights have been cancelled.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Wagon of Rubbish

I haven't abandoned aglimpseoflondon (in case you were worried), it was an enforced temporary arrangement courtesy of BT.

Finally and after hours of calls and chats they sent an engineer who could confirm we had no line at all.  Oops he said.  Despite a few hours earlier been told it was all repaired and working well.  Another visit and rewired somewhere in the street, communication has been restored.  Only problem now is how I am going to manage the massive speed of 2mbs from my restored broadband.

Wishing you all a great New Year and a fabulous 2017.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Baubles in the city

The stylish Xmas trees in Paternoster Square behind St Paul's cathedral.  When did the tradition of decorating a tree at Xmas time begin?  It was Prince Albert after all.  To learn all about the history of Christmas pop over to the wonderful Christmas post by Mike from A Bit About Britain.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Xmas in the market

A cheerful bunch on their way to work.  The Xmas spirit in the market does make you feel rather festive.  

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Xmas Markets

We are lucky to be enjoying our Xmas markets here in London.  Of course we deplore the actions of an individual in Berlin and offer our condolences and sympathies to the families affected.  Whatever the crazies do we must not let this create a world of hate and vilification towards entire communities.
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